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[ by and | May 31, 2011 1:25 pm | Comments Off ]

HHS Reduces Premiums And Eases Enrollment Requirements For Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans – Starting today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will reduce insurance premiums by up to 40 percent for federally-administered Pre-Existing Condition Insurance plans (PCIPs) in 18 states and the District of Columbia. The HHS will also no longer require patients to have a denial letter from an insurance company to enroll. Patients still must be U.S. citizens or legal residents, have been without health insurance for at least six months, and have a letter from a health care provider stating that they have or had a medical condition, disability, or illness. PCIPs are insurance plans for people who have pre-existing conditions, including HIV or AIDS, that have made it difficult or impossible to find private health insurance (see related AIDS Beacon news). For more information, please see the HHS press release or the Healthcare.gov website.

CDC Organizes “HIV/AIDS: 30 Years of Leadership and Lessons” Lecture Series – To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first official report of AIDS by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the CDC has put together a series of lectures on the past, present, and future of HIV and AIDS in the U.S. The lectures will begin on June 10 and go through the month of August. They will be held at different locations throughout Atlanta. The talks will discuss key moments that shaped the development of HIV over the past three decades as well as issues such as HIV testing, prevention, and social issues and activism. In addition, the CDC will be sponsoring an online community that will allow individuals affected by HIV to share their stories and experiences. For more information or the lecture series schedule, please see the CDC website.

EMEA Advisory Committee Recommends Approval For Victrelis In Europe – An advisory committee to the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) has recommended that U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck’s new hepatitis C treatment, Victrelis (boceprevir) be approved for use in combination with the current standard hepatitis C treatment, peginterferon alfa (PegIntron or Pegasys) plus ribavirin (Copegus, Rebetol). The recommendation improves the chances for approval of the drug in Europe; a decision is expected within two to three months. Victrelis was approved in the U.S. earlier this month, along with Incivek (telaprevir), a second new hepatitis C treatment in the same drug class. For more information, please see the Merck press release.

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[ by | Sep 1, 2010 3:55 pm | Comments Off ]

Michigan And New York Now Accepting Applications For Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans – Michigan and New York have begun accepting applications for their new pre-existing condition insurance plans. The plans are available to individuals with certain pre-existing conditions, including HIV, who have been without health insurance for at least six months and are residents of the respective state. The plans are part of the new federal health care reform law, which requires every state to develop an insurance plan for individuals who have been denied coverage due to chronic illness or permanent injury (see related AIDS Beacon news). For more information, please see the NY Bridge Plan website, the Michigan PHP website, or the federal Healthcare.gov website.

Studies Find That Vitamin A Increases The Amount Of HIV In Breast Milk – Researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health have found that vitamin A and beta-carotene supplements are not safe in HIV-positive women who are breastfeeding because they may increase the amount of HIV in breast milk, raising the risk of transmitting HIV to the baby. The researchers think the supplements may increase the risk of breast inflammation, which can allow small amounts of blood to leak into the milk. Breastfeeding is not recommended for women with HIV in the United States, but is recommended in places where clean drinking water is scarce as long as women are receiving antiretroviral therapy. For more information, please visit the University of Michigan website.

Coalition For A National AIDS Strategy To Host Webinars On The National HIV/AIDS Strategy – The Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy will host two identical webinars to provide more details about implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which was introduced by President Obama on July 13. The presenters will cover the important aspects of the Strategy, current efforts in implementation, and the need for community advocacy. The 90 minute webinars will be held on Thursday, September 2 at 1 p.m. EST and Tuesday, September 7 at 6 p.m. EST. For more information, please visit the AIDS.gov website.

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[ by | Jul 9, 2010 6:05 pm | Comments Off ]
Government Website Outlines New Insurance Options For Patients With Pre-existing Conditions, Including HIV/AIDS

A new government website, Healthcare.gov, offers information about insurance options created by the recent health care reform act, including the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP).

The website, created by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, features a “Find Insurance Options” tool to help patients find the health insurance best suited to their needs, including the PCIP program.

A pre-existing condition is defined as a medical condition that exists before a patient enrolls in a new health insurance plan. Conditions that a person has received treatment for, or …

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[ by | Jul 9, 2010 6:05 pm | Comments Off ]
Pagina Web Gubernamental Describe Nueva Opción De Seguro Médico Para Pacientes Con Condiciones Preexistentes, Incluyendo VIH/SIDA

Una nueva pagina web patrocinada por el gobierno, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, ofrece información acerca de las nuevas opciones en seguros de salud creadas por la reciente reforma de salud, incluyendo el nuevo plan para personas con condiciones preexistentes (PCIP, por sus siglas en inglés).

La pagina web, creada por el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de los Estados Unidos, contiene una herramienta para “Encontrar opciones de seguro” diseñada para ayudar a los pacientes a encontrar el seguro de salud que mejor se adecúa a sus necesidades, incluyendo el programa PCIP.

Una …

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